Succulents are available in a number of different shapes and sizes, but all share the useful quality of being drought-tolerant. This means that they are ideal for growing in a sunny spot indoors or outside and will need little maintenance. Because of the variety of shapes and colors it is possible to create some stunning containers using succulents. These ten designs are described by Denny Schrock in an article which I found on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
Double Dish Succulent Garden
Serve a big helping of succulents with this dish garden within a dish garden. The double-container system ensures excellent drainage because the inner pot sits on pebbles. The spreading shoots of pale sedum and pachyveria echo the stiff arching leaves of the variegated century plant. Artificial coral adds a decorative touch.
A. Pachyveria spp. — 1
B. Pale sedum (Sedum sediforme) — 2
C. Artificial coral
D. Variegated century plant (Agave americana ‘Mediopicta’) — 1
E. Cobweb houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum) — 1
F. Queen Victoria agave (Agave victoriae-reginae) — 1
Sculpture on a Pedestal
Play up the artful qualities of succulents in simple displays. Place your potted garden on overturned pots to grab attention with bold plant forms. This garden planted in an urn rests on a square upside down black pot.
A. Dwarf century plant (Agave desmettiana) — 1
B. Ice plant (Lampranthus deltoides) — 3
C. Angelina sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’) — 3
A trio of creeping sedum and two varieties of hen-and-chicks makes an attractive low-growing grouping in this triangular metal container. When the sedum blooms yellow, the combo glows with warmth. These succulents are hardy to Zone 4, so you could leave this container garden outdoors in most regions. All are spreading groundcovers that will eventually creep over the edges of the container.
A. Creeping sedum (Sedum sarmentosum) — 1
B. Firebird hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum ‘Firebird’) — 1
C. Glowing Embers hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum ‘Glowing Embers’) — 1
Test Garden Tip: Drill several holes in the bottom of containers to ensure good drainage for succulents.
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